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Dangerous ID Is On Delegate Clay Athey's Radar

On January 6, 2009, Delegate Clay Athey, Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, addressed the failure of Republican commitment to conservative principles. His letter calls on Republicans to pull out of the nationalized Real ID system saying "No Virginian should be forced to give fingerprints, retina scans, medical information and more to a federal databank in order to drive a car, fly on an airplane or book a motel room. And no Virginia tax money should be spent to force them to do so."

He announced his plans to push an aggressive conservative agenda in the General Assembly session that starts January 14, 2009.

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Comment by Steve Lee on January 11, 2009 at 11:48am
"Real ID" would be the implementation of a national ID card. Although it would be administered by the states, because they have reciprocal agreements between their departments of motor vehicles Real ID would create a national Internet database that would be capable of tracking Americans anywhere in the United States. This would be similar in operation to the ATM at your local bank that is connected to a national database.

Another objection would be the cost, at least $50. American citizens that live along the Canadian border now have to pay $105 for a passport so they can visit our next-door neighbor for the day. (This has affected small businesses in Canada who have experienced a drop-off in business because Americans who do not otherwise travel to foreign countries don't need passports.)

Now that Electric Cars are becoming a reality, the states are considering electronic transponders that would be affixed to Americans cars and trucks to track their mileage so that they could be assessed a gasoline tax to pay for the maintenance of the highways. These transponders could also be used to track Americans movements. (In states with toll roads the information is used to ticket drivers who do not pay the toll fees.) To purchase a transponder you would have to present your...Real ID. The "gasoline tax" would be billed to your credit card monthly.

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